Andy Garcia (Mike Delmarco) has established himself as one of today’s most talented and versatile actors. Because he has worked so successfully with many of the industry’s most respected and celebrated directors, he has become known as a “director’s actor.” He has also established himself as a producer, composer/musician and humanitarian – and as a director in his own right.
One of Garcia’s most memorable experiences was working with Francis Ford Coppola on “The Godfather: Part III.” “I went into the movie as an actor,” Garcia says, “and left a filmmaker.” Garcia received Oscar® and Golden Globe nominations for his role in the Best Supporting Actor category. He formed his own production company, CineSon Productions, in 1991.
Garcia’s most recent film credits include Lions Gate Films’ “Confidence” and Warner Bros.’ “Ocean’s Eleven.” He is currently in production on the independent feature “The Lazarus Child,” starring with Angela Bassett and Frances O’Connor, and he has completed production on “Modigliani,” another independent in which he portrays Amedeo Modigliani in the last days of his life. Garcia starred in the independent films “The Unsaid” and “The Man From Elysian Fields” (released by IDP), both of which he also produced. He is currently developing his directorial debut “The Lost City,” which was written by Guillermo Cabrera Infante.
Garcia received an Emmy nomination and a Golden Globe nomination for his starring role as the legendary Cuban trumpeter Arturo Sandoval in HBO’s 2000 biopic “For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story.” Garcia was executive producer of the film and also produced the soundtrack and the Emmy-winning score. The film has also received Emmy nominations for Best Made for Television Film or Miniseries and Best Cinematography. The film also won two ALMA Awards as Best Made for Television Movie or Miniseries and as Outstanding Latin Cast in a Made for Television Movie or Miniseries, and was nominated for a Golden Globe in the Best Made for Television Movie or Miniseries category.
Under the CineSon banner, Garcia made his directorial debut with “Cachao...Como Su Ritmo No Hay Dos” (“Like His Rhythm There Is No Other”), a feature-length documentary concert film about the co-creator of the Mambo, Israel Lopez “Cachao.” He also served as co-producer.
Garcia subsequently produced and performed on Volumes I and II of “Cachao – Master Sessions” (Crescent Moon/Sony), the former a 1994 Grammy Award winner and the latter a 1995 Grammy Award nominee. “Cachao – Cuba Linda” (EMI Latin) was the duo’s third installment for Garcia’s CineSon record label, and was nominated for a 2001 Grammy Award and 2000 Latin Grammy Award. The pair has again re-teamed to record the currently untitled fourth installment (Univision) of Cachao’s master sessions, again under the CineSon label. Garcia also composed four songs for the “Disappearance of Garcia Lorca” soundtrack and produced, wrote and performed several songs on the “Just the Ticket” soundtrack.
Born in Havana, Cuba, Garcia’s family fled in exile to Miami Beach, Florida as a result of Fidel Castro’s takeover of his homeland at the age of five. As a youth, he performed in community theatre productions and variety shows. Garcia attended Florida International University as a theater major. He performed in regional theater productions in the Miami area before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a film career in the late 1970s.
Garcia has been married to Marivi Lorido Garcia since 1982. The couple lives in Los Angeles with their four children: Dominik, Daniella, Alessandra and Andres.
In addition to numerous other awards, Garcia has been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a Star of the Year Award from the National Association of Theater Owners, a PRISM Award, a Harvard University Foundation Award and a Hispanic Heritage Award for the Arts. He is also the recipient of an Oscar de la Hoya Foundation Champion Award, a Father’s Day Council Father of the Year Award and an honorary doctorate of fine arts degree from St. John’s University.
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An eighth generation Eastern Kentuckian, Ashley Judd (Jessica Shepard) first proved her acting abilities in her debut feature film role as Ruby Lee Gissing in Victor Nunez’ internationally acclaimed “Ruby In Paradise.” Now a film star in her own right, Judd has demonstrated her range as an actress and is a proven box office draw.
Currently, Judd can be seen on Broadway at the Music Box Theater in the starring role of Maggie in Tennessee Williams’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” Judd is the first actress to portray Maggie on Broadway since Kathleen Turner in 1990. “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” is being produced by Bill Kenwright and directed by Anthony Page.
Judd recently completed production on her next role as socialite Linda Lee Porter in the Cole Porter biopic, “De-lovely,” co-starring with Kevin Kline. The film will chronicle their marriage, which inspired such famous Cole Porter tunes as “Anything Goes.” Despite his homosexuality, Porter was so distraught after Linda’s death that he never wrote another song again. “De-lovely” will be directed by Irwin Winkler and was written by Jay Cocks.
On the film front, Judd had a very successful and diverse 2002. She had a small, but significant appearance as Tina Modotti in director Julie Taymor’s biopic, “Frida.” In addition, Judd had a strong supporting role in “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood,” starring amongst an impressive cast including Sandra Bullock, Ellen Burstyn, Maggie Smith and James Garner. The film was directed by Callie Khouri and was based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Rebecca Wells.
Judd also starred in Twentieth Century Fox’s “High Crimes,” which re-teamed her with “Kiss the Girls” co-star Morgan Freeman. The film was written by Joseph Finder and directed by Carl Franklin. Also for Twentieth Century Fox, Judd starred with Greg Kinnear and Hugh Jackman in “Someone Like You,” for director Tony Goldwyn. With a turn to the romantic comedy genre, Judd portrayed a producer of a popular daytime talk show who had a romance with the show’s executive producer.
Judd’s other film credits include “Where the Heart Is,” opposite Natalie Portman; Bruce Beresford’s box office success “Double Jeopardy,” opposite Tommy Lee Jones, as well as “Eye of the Beholder,” with Ewan McGregor. Judd also starred in Walt Disney Pictures’ 1998 drama “Simon Birch,” based on the John Irving novel A Prayer for Owen Meaney.
In 1997, Judd starred opposite Morgan Freeman in the box office hit “Kiss the Girls,” as well as MGM’s “The Locusts,” in which she co-starred opposite Vince Vaughn and Kate Capshaw. Judd was also seen in Michael Mann’s “Heat,” for which she won critical acclaim opposite Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino and Val Kilmer. In the summer of 1996, she appeared in Joel Schumacher’s “A Time to Kill,” opposite Samuel L. Jackson, Sandra Bullock and Matthew McConaughey.
In late 1996, she was seen starring opposite Luke Perry in John McNaughton’s “Normal Life.” Also in 1996, Judd received an Emmy nomination and a Golden Globe nomination for her portrayal of Norma Jean in HBO’s “Norma Jean and Marilyn.”
Judd made her debut theatre performance in the Naked Angels production of “Busted,” directed by Timothy Hutton. She then went on to star as Madge on Broadway in William Inge’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Picnic,” at the Roundabout Theatre Company, while simultaneously filming a supporting role in Miramax Films’ “Smoke,” portraying the daughter of Harvey Keitel and Stockard Channing.
A Phi Beta Kappa and Honors Program student of the University of Kentucky with a major in French and four minors, Judd has studied the Meisner technique in acting for several years. Judd resides in Tennessee with her husband.
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Respectfully labeled as one of the hardest working actors in Hollywood, Samuel L. Jackson (John Mills) is an undisputed star. He made an indelible mark on American cinema with his portrayal of Jules, the philosophizing hit man, in Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction.” In addition to unanimous critical acclaim for his performance, he received Academy Award® and Golden Globe nominations as Best Supporting Actor as well as a Best Supporting Actor award from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
In summer 2003, Jackson traveled to South Africa for production on the film “Country of My Skull,” based on the best-selling novel by South African writer Antjie Krog. Jackson will portray an American reporter who must cope with the aftermath of apartheid as his newspaper assigns him to cover the Truth and Reconciliation Trials established by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, that expose the worst cases of torture, abuse and violence. “Country of My Skull” was directed by John Boorman and produced by Robert Chartoff and Mike Medavoy. Juliette Binoche co-stars.
Recently, Jackson starred in “S.W.A.T” for Columbia TriStar. Directed by Clark Johnson, “S.W.A.T.” is about an arrested drug kingpin who is transported by a Los Angeles Police Department S.W.A.T. team and led out of the city and into federal custody. Plans go awry when the kingpin offers $100 million to anyone who can free him. Colin Farrell and Michelle Rodriguez are also in the film.
In 2002, Jackson starred with Ben Affleck in the box office and critical success, Paramount’s “Changing Lanes.” Jackson delivered an intense yet sympathetic performance of a father who was down on his luck, but intent on getting even with the man who wronged him. Also in 2002, Jackson starred in, and executive produced the Sony/Screen Gems film “Formula 51,” with Robert Carlyle; co-starred in the sci-fi thriller “XXX” and reprised his role as Mace Windu in the second installment of George Lucas’ “Stars Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones.”
In 2001, Jackson starred in Jersey Franchise/Universal’s “The Caveman’s Valentine.” Directed by Kasi Lemmons, the film followed the story of a homeless man in New York City who discovered a murder. Jackson also served as an executive producer on the project. This was Jackson’s second project with Kasi Lemmons; the first was the applauded “Eve’s Bayou,” which he also produced.
Jackson also co-starred opposite Bruce Willis in writer/director M. Night Shyamalan’s suspense drama “Unbreakable,” for Disney. Jackson’s character, Elijah Price, a highly suspicious and wheelchair bound man with a farfetched theory, holds the key to the film’s underlying question: “Are You Unbreakable?”
Jackson starred in John Singleton’s “Shaft,” in the title role opposite Christian Bale and Vanessa Williams. He also starred in Paramount’s courtroom drama “Rules of Engagement,” as Col. Terry Childers, a military officer on trial for ordering his soldiers to open fire on civilians. Directed by William Friedkin, the film co-starred Tommy Lee Jones. Both “Shaft” and “Rules of Engagement” were screened at the 2000 Deauville Film Festival, where Jackson was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Jackson starred in Warner Bros.’ “Deep Blue Sea,” for director Renny Harlin, and in Francois Girard’s “The Red Violin.” Jackson also made a cameo appearance in George Lucas’ highly successful and popular “Star Wars: Episode One – The Phantom Menace.”
Jackson also starred in “The Negotiator” and “Jackie Brown,” his second film with director Quentin Tarantino. For the latter, he received a Golden Globe nomination and the Silver Bear Award for Best Actor in a Comedy at the Berlin Film Festival.
Jackson starred opposite Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey and Kevin Spacey in Joel Schumacher’s 1996 film of the John Grisham novel “A Time to Kill.” For his performance, Jackson received a Golden Globe nomination and an NAACP Image Award. He also starred opposite Bruce Willis in “Die Hard: with a Vengeance,” the top-grossing movie internationally in 1995.
Jackson made movie history with his portrayal of a crack addict in Spike Lee’s “Jungle Fever” when he was awarded the first and only Best Supporting Performance Award ever given by the judges at the Cannes Film Festival. He also won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor for that performance.
His other film credits include “187,” “Sphere,” “The Long Kiss Goodnight,” “Hard Eight,” “Kiss of Death,” “Losing Isaiah” and “Amos & Andrew,” “Ragtime,” “Sea of Love,” “Coming to America,” “Do the Right Thing,” “School Daze,” “Mo’ Better Blues,” “Goodfellas,” “Strictly Business,” “White Sands,” “Patriot Games,” “Jumpin’ at the Boneyard,” “Father & Sons,” “Juice,” “Fresh” and “True Romance.”
On television, Jackson starred in John Frankenheimer’s Emmy-winning “Against the Wall,” for HBO. His performance earned him a Cable Ace nomination as Best Supporting Actor in a Movie or Miniseries, as well as a Golden Globe nomination.
Jackson’s career began upon his graduation from Morehouse College in Atlanta with a degree in dramatic arts. He went on to perform in numerous stage plays, including “Home,” “A Soldier’s Play,” “Sally/Prince” and “The District Line.” He also originated roles in two of August Wilson’s plays at Yale Repertory Theatre. For the New York Shakespeare Festival, Jackson appeared in “Mother Courage and Her Children,” “Spell #7” and “The Mighty Gents.”
While still a student at Morehouse, Jackson made his film debut in “Together for
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